May 2009

Around the Mound Picture Slideshow

Here are some pictures from the Around the Mound tour this past Saturday, May 23th, 2009.

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Thanks to all of you who participated in this weekend’s clinic with Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre and Torii Hunter. The following is a link to some photos from the day.


The coaches and league administrators have worked very hard to create a quality basbeball program, and we need your support this final week. Parents please have your players at their game 1 hour before game time (we are not mixing teams this weekend). Medals will be given to all players and championship t-shirts. We will also be raffling off Dodger tickets and more batting gloves.

Tee ballers please arrive at 2 p.m. to pick up your trophies and lunch.



1:00 P.M.

PLAYOFFS — Pirates vs. White Sox


2:45 P.M.

PLAYOFFS — Tigers vs. Reds


4:30 P.M.


Around the Mound 05-23-09

“Work hard, have fun, and get an education,” were the mutual words of advice from Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre and Torii Hunter during the Around the Mound event that took place at the Urban Youth Academy Saturday afternoon.

The event was put together by Hudson of the Los Angeles Dodgers in order to help increase the awareness of baseball among African-Americans and inner-city youth. Hudson successfully got Dodger teammate Pierre and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter to help out with the event. Ironically the two teams are in a freeway series battle at Dodger Stadium this weekend.



Two-hundred kids listened in awe to the pros talk about what it takes to be a Major Leaguer on-and-off the field. The event also featured photograph and autograph opportunities, tips and techniques to use on the field and a question session with the pros.




“This means a lot to me because I was the same type of kid out of a small town in Louisiana so to look at this facility they have to play on is awesome,” said Hudson. “Any time there is anything here I can do to help with the kids I’m all for it.”

Hunter stressed the need to keep working hard and stay dedicated.

“You can have all the athletic ability in the world but if you don’t accept failure in this game it’s going to eat you up,” said Hunter. “This is a hard game. It may look easy, but it’s hard.”

Hudson had advice when it came to education.

“It starts off in school,” he said. “You have to make the grades. Sports are going to be here … without school there is no next level.”

After each player talked, the kids split up into three groups. Each group had the opportunity to get autographs and ask questions to one of the three pros. In addition, the Major Leaguers gave the kids tips about playing the game of baseball.

Pierre had kids running the bases, telling them how to run hard through first base. Hudson focused on hitting techniques. He stressed the importance of keeping your foot down and keeping the barrel of the bat in the zone longer. Hunter was teaching kids how to play the outfield. He said that playing the outfield is all about “instincts and timing.” He also demonstrated how to play the warning track and the wall.

The kids left high-spirited with knowledge and inspiration. It was obvious that Pierre, Hudson and Hunter all left a lasting memory in their minds.


Summer Camp Notice and Memorial Day Announcement

From the Urban Youth Academy: 


A couple of


We are
getting a great response for the Summer Camps, but unfortunately our fax
machine is getting overwhelmed.  Going
forward, if everyone could please can either bring in their application to the
Academy or scan it in and email it, we would be very grateful.  Both camps are already filling up fast, so
don’t delay in getting your applications in to the Academy.



Memorial Day:


The Urban Youth
Academy will be closed on
Monday, May 25th, 2009 in observance of Memorial Day.  The Academy will not be open at all!



Thank you,



Urban Youth Academy Workout Updates

Good afternoon from the Urban Youth Academy,

As the summer draws near, we are making a few changes regarding workouts.

Starting today, there will be no more Sunday Open Workouts.   

All Summer programs will be announced soon on this blog and via email.  If you have not signed up to the Urban Youth Academy email mailing list, please do so below.


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College Workshop May 17, 2009

College Workshop May 17th – 2009 Flier.pdf

On Sunday, May 17, Dr. Brandon Martin will be teaching an academic/personal development workshop at the Urban Youth Academy. The main topic will be test-taking strategies. All attendees must bring writing utensils and a notebook to the workshop. Following the workshop, there will be a workout from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. All players who want to participate in the open workout must attend the academic workshop.


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Angels Game Field Trip 05-07-09

On Thursday night, the Urban Youth Academy took over 50 kids to the Angels vs. Blue Jays game. It was obvious the kids were filled with excitement as they patiently waited to enter Angel Stadium. Many of them were dressed in Angels gear and were ready to root for the home team. The kids were especially overjoyed when they saw where they would be sitting…down the right field line on field level.


IMG_0112.jpgThursday night was Retro 80s night and there was an Angels baseball cap giveaway. Upon entrance, each fan in attendance received a retro baseball cap to commemorate the 1980s. In between innings all the music played was from the 1980s. On the jumbo-tron there were flashbacks to old TV shows and movies that were made in the 1980s. The kids loved it and were laughing.

The Angels were impressive offensively, so it was definitely a good, entertaining game to attend. Mike Napoli and Kendry Morales each hit home runs, which set off fireworks each time. The kids were on their feet, clapping and yelling for most of the game. They even tried starting the “wave” several times. However, the kids were most energized when beach balls were floating in the seating area. They had a blast trying to touch or hit the beach ball.

After an Angels victory, the kids were amped up on the return back to the Urban Youth Academy. Many were exhausted and many did not want to go to school the next day. But all in all, it was a memorable time and hopefully it won’t be the kids’ last visit to Angel Stadium.


Jr. RBI Schedule update and Open workout update

Good afternoon from the Urban Youth Academy.  We have an important
For this coming up Sunday, May
10th, 2009 (Mothers’ Day) there will be no open workouts and no Jr. RBI
Below is the remaining schedule for the
Jr. RBI Games.


Week 7



5/17/2009 ** Final Week of the Regular

Week 8

A’s vs. Cards


Braves vs. Jays


Rays vs. Indians


Tigers vs. Reds


Pirates vs. White


Week 9



Week 10


PLAYOFFS — Indians vs.


PLAYOFFS — Pirates vs. White


PLAYOFFS — Braves vs.


PLAYOFFS — Tigers vs.







***On 5/31/09
— Medals and trophies will be handed out as well as t-shirts for the winning
AAA and AA teams. Cards and A’s players should arrive at 2:00 p.m. for their
ceremony and trophy.